The Co-Working Hub

About the Hub

The Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust are launching an exciting new development that will see the transformation of our Centre in Deptford, in to a thriving, creative, co-working “HUB” for start-up’s in the built environment.

The Hub will not only provide affordable spaces for start-ups. It will also seek to recreate a convivial atmosphere conducive to ideas sharing and networking among the young professionals in residence.

Increasingly, to minimise the initial costs of starting a business, new businesses are opting to start out working in shared spaces with other companies/practices who are in a similar situation. In London especially, this trend has been on the rise.

This sharing of ideas is commonly referred to as “cross pollination” and is seen as a mutually enriching process for businesses and practices who share the same office space.

This new development plan provides the Trust with the opportunity to support  young people post education, helping break through the glass ceiling, further supporting young talent.

In order to turn this vision into a reality, we launched the ‘Re-Imagining’ of some of the spaces here at the Centre, and set to assemble a team of professionals to help support our vision.

Stage One: 

We started with the talent we support; Stephen Lawrence alumni receive the brief and begin creating their designs concepts and ideas. The alumni then presented these to the Trust and Pro-bono team supporting the Co-Working HUB development.

 

We launched the project with our talented Alumni presenting their design ideas to our team of professionals, all of whom are supporting the creation of the Co-Working HUB. 

Zean Mair-Macfarlane

Zean is currently studying for his Part 3 at the university of Lincoln. He works part time at Shared Architecture on residential projects. Zean also runs two small businesses in both architectural design and online learning.

"The Stephen Lawrence Trust hasn't only helped me financially through my part 3 but has also offered me great opportunities to expand my learning in architecture. From seminars to workshops the trust is always supporting their students, I can't thank them enough!"

Achievements:

- SL trust bursary winner

- Nominated for the RIBA President's Medals Student Awards 

- Finalist AIA Krob competition finalist 

 

Zean Mair-Macfarlane
Zean Mair-Macfarlane

Obi Okoye 

Obi received the bursary in 2010 and is now an architectural assistant at Coupdeville architects, having worked at several practices including Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, RCKa and Ushida Findlay architects.

“The trust has been helpful not only financially, but also in terms of broadening exposure and networks within the industry”.

Obi Okoye 
Obi Okoye 
Obi Okoye 
Obi Okoye 

Srimathi Aiyer


Srimathi is an Architectural and BIM Assistant working for Mace Group, and is currently studying her RIBA Part 3 at the Bartlett School of Architecture to become a fully qualified Architect. She has been involved with the Trust since 2009, after being awarded a bursary to help fund her Architectural studies.

Srimathi completed both her Bachelor’s and her Masters at the University of Kent; in between, she has amassed a range of professional experience across various sizes of firms and sectors. Srimathi has assisted with helping to organise the annual Stephen Lawrence Student Exhibitions held at Scott Brownrigg’s offices in London, and even main co-ordinated it in 2016.

"I was invited to speak at the House of Lords in 2016 at the Building Futures Programme launch, and was later that year awarded the Outstanding Contribution Award at the annual Stephen Lawrence Memorial Lecture in response to my ongoing involvement and advocacy of  the Trust."
 
As of 2017, Srimathi is now part of the Stephen Lawrence Board of Trustees. 

Srimathai Aiyer 
Srimathai Aiyer
 
 
 

Yvonne Onah 

Yvonne is currently in her ninth month of working as a part 1 architectural assistant for Baynes and Mitchell Architects in London. After, graduating from Canterbury School of Architecture in 2015, Yvonne took some time out, to travel and complete a few individual projects, located in the UK and in Lithuania,  before  deciding to continue to progress toward her dream of becoming an architect.

"The Stephen Lawrence trust was a great help to me. I joined both the building future programmes and the graduate pathways programme in early 2016. This gave me access to career building workshops, which helped me with everything from interview techniques, to simply having someone to talk to and ask for advice. My connection with the foundation proved transcendent, after I managed to secure my position at Baynes and Mitchell Architects, after just one month into joining the programmes, and with my interview taking place the day after a brilliant workshop I attended about self-image". 

 

Since then, the Trust has been completely supportive through work life. I have shared what I’ve learned to new people I’ve met, also aspiring to study architecture, and talked to secondary pupils about what they want from the future, amongst other things. The Stephen Lawrence Trust has given me the means to be active within our community and it’s an honour to be able to give back to them, through my involvement in the HUB project; sharing my ideas on the redevelopment of such an influential building is a privilege.

 



Yvonne Onah 
Yvonne Onah 

Ibilola Femiola 

Ibi is a RIBA Part One Architectural Assistant working for her own newly formed company Ibilola Femiola LTD offering invoiced Architectural and Design Services. Ibi graduated from [UCA] University for the Creative Arts, Canterbury School of Architecture in June 2016. She has recently assisted renowned architect Elsie Owusu on a small contextual project and occasionally assists architectural and portrait photographer Morley Von Sternberg at his shoots.

Previously Ibi has undertaken various freelance architectural work, which include Photoshop rendering site maps for the Hammersmith practice Hunters’ 2015 Regeneration brochure, also holding a summer architectural assistant position at Stephen Brandes Architects in Hampstead from 2015 to 2016.

 

Ibi first came into contact with the Stephen Lawrence Trust after attending their 2012 memorial lecture and has since been an annual attendee. She became an SLT alumni member in October 2016. Since joining as an SLT Alumni member Ibi has been exposed to a number of opportunities such as working with Gensler and other SLT Alumni members to produce designs for the STL centre’s Re-Imaging Adjaye HUB project.

Ibilola Femiola 
Ibilola Femiola 

Elizabeth Mitchell-Yankah

 

After completing her Bachelors degree at Greenwich University, Elizabeth then went on to study her Masters in Architecture at the University of East London, graduating with distinction. 

She has had positions in Urban planning, finance, conservation, surveying of public spaces, and in residential Architecture as a Part II Architectural Assistant with Robert Dye Architects.

Her personal projects consist of fusing the function of a space with accessibility, exposing what was once hidden, and employing an innovative approach to the status quo of conventional design; always asking How, Why and what else can be done? What doesn't work and how can it be changed? 

"I joined to Trust in October to be part of the community spirit they embodied. Wonderfully my membership to the trust occurred just a short time before they announced the launch of their Re-Imagining Adjaye project and I decided to jump right in, eager to be a part of a pivotal moment in the future of the Charity."

In the past she has received awards in Athletics, science and poetry and is working hard to add more outstanding Architectural achievements to her mantel.

"Being with the trust has provided me with a architecturally focused community to touch base with, and endless opportunities to learn more through the lectures and events they hold and provide access to. A Great bonus of being part of the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust is that, at the same time as being a recipient of their help, you are given the chance to feed something back in, enriching your engagement and strengthening the realisation of your ability to contribute and make a difference."

Elizabeth Mitchell-Yankah

Elizabeth Mitchell-Yankah
Elizabeth Mitchell-Yankah
Elizabeth Mitchell-Yankah
Stage two:

Document the journey; Photographer Carlotta Luke, has kindly offered to document the transformation of The Stephen Lawrence Centre through a catalogue of beautiful images. Carlotta has begun by taking images of the centre as it stands currently.

 

The Stephen Lawrence Centre
Sir David Adjaye Building. 


The Stephen Lawrence Centre 

Sir David Adjaye Building 
Chris Ofili design on glass 
The Atrium

The Stephen Lawrence Centre 

Sir David Adjaye Building 
Chris Ofili design on glass 
The Atrium

The Stephen Lawrence Centre 

Sir David Adjaye Building 
Ground Floor

The Stephen Lawrence Centre 

Sir David Adjaye Building 
IT Suite 

The Stephen Lawrence Centre 

Sir David Adjaye Building 
First Floor 

The Stephen Lawrence Centre 

Sir David Adjaye Building 
Second Floor

The Stephen Lawrence Centre 

Sir David Adjaye Building 
Second Floor 

The Stephen Lawrence Centre 

Sir David Adjaye Building 
The Terrace 

Carlotta Luke

Carlotta Luke is a highly experienced photographer with a diverse portfolio ranging from architecture to portraiture. Her work skillfully captures the subtle beauty of everyday life, sometimes challenging the observer’s perception of objects or situations. Originally from New England, USA, where she trained her photographer’s eye on the Massachusetts coastal light, landscape and architecture, Carlotta has a BA in Fine Art and an MA in Urban Design. She produces work which is edgy and elegant, often humorous, always thought provoking. 

Carlotta specialises in architecture, construction and architectural documentary photography. She creates visual narratives with a compelling sense of place and style. Her work brings a new dimension to project documentation, recording the journey from old to new by capturing the light, space, texture and materials, as well as the people involved. Some of her recent documentary projects cover the renovation of two derelict Victorian warehouses in Newhaven as they became the UTC@harbourside College, a flagship new office block in Crawley, a state-of-the-art cinema in Lewes, plus the restoration of several buildings including two Elizabethan manor houses, an Arts and Crafts residence, a Victorian pub and the Hastings Public Library. 

Each week we will be sharing who the professional team are, and how they are supporting this project.